The imaginary romantics of Neil Simon’s early smash hit return to the stage of the Old Globe Theatre to remind us that, among other things, Broadway comedies have changed a lot in 50 years.
This season of La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest brings down the curtain on Music Director Cho-Liang Lin’s superb 18-year tenure with the festival. Friday’s opening concert offered sublime chamber works by Bartók and Villa-Lobos, as well as wit and charm in Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals.”
Opera NEO launched its summer season with a flashy, kinetic, cleverly updated production of that warhorse of operettas, Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow. Forget about Paris of 1905–the widow returns to Las Vegas of today.
A difficult aspect about creating musicals based on the lives of popular musicians is the task of making both the music and the plot equally compelling. For the most part, On Your Feet! keeps audiences invested in the story of the Miami Sound Machine Cuban-American lead singer Gloria Estefan (Christie Prades), and her devoted husband Emilio (Ektor Rivera)
Two recent impressive performances of choral music: Ruben Valenzuela’s Willan West project offered some fine examples of Healey Willan’s liturgical choral music in Hillcrest’s All Saints’ Episcopal Church, and Patrick Walders’ Summer Conducting Workshop offered a program of primarily secular choral music in the workshop’s final recital at St. Andrew’s by the Sea Episcopal Church in Pacific Beach.